Lush 'Godiva' Shampoo Bar | Product Review

Despite having been a serious Lush fan for years, I'll admit to being a little set in my ways; I have a few 'tried and tested' products that I swear by, but rarely ever branch out into anything new from their selection. Obviously, this self-deprivation couldn't last forever, and it wasn't long before I found myself browsing my local store for the product I'd been most curious about for the longest time; Lush shampoo bars.

Now, solid shampoos are not an area I have much expertise in, so when perusing the selection, I found myself going purely by smell, and 'Godiva', bursting full of jasmine, cocoa butter, and hibiscus extract, definitely beat the competition by miles. 

For anyone else who's a bit of a newbie in the shampoo bar world, a quick how to: wet your hair as you usually would, then take the bar and rub it directly onto the scalp in a circular motion. This will provide the best lather, but if you're sharing the product and worried about hygiene, you can also lather the bar up between your hands and massage into the hair. 

Personally,  my biggest concern when trying out a new hair product is how it will interact with my hair dye; will it fade it? Dry it out? 
In reality,  this bar did neither; whilst it did leave my hair squeaky clean, and I'll admit it felt a little dry just after washing,  by the time it dried, it felt plenty soft, and my colour was just as intense as it always was. 
The real bonus, though? The smell. By some miracle, it manages to stay just as intense in the hair as it is in the store (you'll have to go in and get a whiff to believe just how amazing it is ), and now the scent of jasmine follows me whenever I go!
The 'Godiva' shampoo bar is available from Lush stores for £6.50, or on the Lush online store, here.
Have you tried the Lush shampoo bars?
Do you ever get stuck in a rut with your favourite brands?
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WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for Mac | Review

I'm a bit paranoid when it comes to backing up my files. Having had three beloved laptops fail on me in the space of about five years (I might be cursed, come to think of it), failing to back up all of my photographs, writing, music, and browser preferences would be completely catastrophic.
That's why, when Tesco Compare home insurance offered me the chance to review the MyPassport External Hard-Drive*, I jumped at the chance. I'd always used online file storage systems to keep a copy of my files safe, before, but it just isn't practical to sit and copy every single file on your entire computer onto a storage server, and the upload time is obscene. Besides which, what about my preferences? My cute little screensaver, my apps, the autofill preferences on my browser? Online file storage is no use, where those are concerned, but the My Passport Hard Drive is ideal - plus, it's palm-sized, which makes storing it easy peasy.
The actual process to back up all the files I had on my laptop couldn't have been much simpler, either; plug it in, open up the MacBook Time Machine programme, and wait for the transfer to finish up. The whole process only took about half an hour, and the hard drive fit all my music, photos, and preferences with ease. In fact, the hardest part was trying to find a safe place to stash it!

How do you keep your files safe?
The WD My Passport Portable Hard Drive for Mac retails for £49.99 on Amazon*.
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